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$50,000 Settlement for Klickitat County Deputy's Evidence Tampering to Obtain Arrest

Washington state resident Ricky Springs settled a federal lawsuit brought in 2005 against Klickitat County and two deputy sheriffs. The suit alleged civil rights violations for falsifying a recording in order to obtain Springs’ arrest.

The lawsuit was filed after Springs’ acquittal on drug charges. Expert testimony suggested that his 2000 arrest was obtained when Deputy Roy Brown edited an informant's recording device in an attempt to establish Springs’ guilt and justify his arrest. Springs’ attorney, George Kolin, stated that Brown was a "bad apple" and that Springs’ friends were still being harassed by the county. Kolin also stated, "It's blatantly obvious that ... they set him up," and "I'm glad I don't live in Klickitat. I'd probably be harassed."

The county's attorney, Stan Bastian, as well as Sheriff Rick McComas, did not return several phone requests for comment. Springs settled his suit for $50,000 in February 2007. See: Springs v. Brown, U.S.D.C. (ED Wash.), Case No. 2:05-cv-03047-FVS.

Source: Yakima Herald Republic

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